Looking for something fun to do this weekend in the Twin Cities or elsewhere in the region? Classical MPR host John Birge offers his picks in classical music, theater and more.
He splits his time between Paris and LA, but why would you want to stay home when you could spend a peak-autumn weekend in La Crosse Wis.? That's home this week for pianist Andrew van Oeyen, as he plays the Grieg Concerto with the LaCrosse Symphony (then it's on to to Zagreb, Prague, and Atlanta).
Bach specialist Richard Egarr is a regular in London and San Francisco, but spends the week with Bach and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He's always a charismatic and exciting presence.
Last call for the eccentric and endearingly nutty musical "Ride the Cyclone,"closing Sunday at Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. As described by its excellent cast member Becca Hart, it's "Little Shop of Horrors" meets Tim Burton meets "Our Town." Yep! On a more serious theatrical note, can't wait to see what Ten Thousand Things does with Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale."
If you're too exhausted by Friday night, stay home and celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of iconic jazz singer Anita O'Day by watching Anita O'Day, the Life of a Jazz Singer. It's a documentary film that is as unflinching about her demons as it is inspiring about her artistry. Stream from Amazon. And until Friday, watch Anita on YouTube, killing it at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. You're welcome. Talk about a classic!